Visiting the VLABrian KoberleinThis past week I was in New Mexico to visit the Very Large Array (VLA). Part of this was work on the open house as part of NRAO, and part was a meeting of folks from ACEAP.Brian KoberleinThere are several signs that you have reached the VLA.Brian KoberleinThe VLA antenna operators knew we were coming.Brian KoberleinThey operate 27 of these. This is not a radio telescope, but rather a radio antenna dish. The radio telescope is all the antennas together.Brian KoberleinThe antennas can be moved closer together or farther apart. They were in the A Configuration, which is the most widely spread configuration. Most people like when they are closer together, but I really like the grand sense of scale they had.Brian KoberleinIn the nearby town of Magdalena there is a telescope museum known as the Lyceum.Brian KoberleinA telescope mirror is great for selfies.Hello fellow kids!Brian KoberleinThe VLA headquarters is in Socorro, which is also the home of New Mexico Tech.Brian KoberleinThere is a mineral museum on campus, which has a great collection.Christine HirstAs I was heading for home, there was a bright rainbow in the sky. It was so bright that you can see the second rainbow.